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EPA wants deep cut in state’s carbon emissions from power plants

WASHINGTON — The federal government is proposing that Mississippi’s carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38 percent lower by year 2030 compared to 2005. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced specific targets for all states today as part of the Obama administration’s effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions nationwide. Mississippi’s 2012 carbon emission rate […] [...]

Decision on nuclear waste sites stalled in Congress

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump. The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced […] [...]

Entergy runs hurricane drill as Atlantic season kicks off

JACKSON — To prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, hundreds of Entergy employees across the company’s utility service territory recently took part in an intensive storm drill. The drill tracked a fictional hurricane and its potential impact on Entergy’s service territory. Following Hurricane Katrina, Entergy adopted the federal and state Incident Command Structure for disasters […] [...]

NARUC lawsuit stops collections for Nuclear Waste Fund

JACKSON — Thanks to the work of state utility commissions, this year Mississippi ratepayers will have an estimated $3.7 million dollars in their pockets which would otherwise go to the federal government, says Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. As a result of a lawsuit brought by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), of […] [...]

Entergy crews working to rebuild tornado-damaged facilities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — More than 100 Entergy employees, along with more than 400 contractors, are working seven days a week to rebuild electrical facilities damaged during five distinct tornadoes on April 27, including the first twister of 2014 to earn a high-end rating of EF4, packing winds between 166-200 mph. While power has been […] [...]

Fitch Ratings taking no action due to Kemper plant delay

KEMPER COUNTY — Fitch Ratings is not taking any rating actions following the latest cost revisions and schedule extension for the Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project. On April 28, Mississippi Power announced another revision on the scheduled in-service date for Kemper IGCC and a further increase in the construction costs. Further cost increases […] [...]

Southern Co. moves startup date for Kemper County plant

KEMPER COUNTY — The Southern Co. says the expected startup date of its coal gas-fired power plant in Kemper County is being pushed back to the first half of 2015. In a regulatory filing yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company also says the plant’s cost is expected to rise by $196 million […] [...]

Louisville tornado believed to be EF4; state’s death toll grows to nine

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit the Louisville area last night has a preliminary rating of EF-4. Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist at National Weather Service in Jackson, confirmed the rating today. An EF-4 rating means the tornado packed wind speeds of 170 to 190 mph. Reports are pending on […] [...]

Entergy’s earnings soar due to cold weather

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation saw first quarter 2014 as-reported earnings of $401.2 million, or $2.24 per share, compared with $161.4 million, or 90 cents per share, for first quarter 2013. On an operational basis, Entergy’s first quarter 2014 earnings were $410.1 million, or $2.29 per share, compared with $167.7 million, or 94 cents per […] [...]

School system gets check from TVA for energy efficiency

OXFORD — Energy-efficiency efforts by the Oxford School District will put $44,439.60 back into school classrooms, where Superintendent Brian Harvey says it belongs. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently presented school district officials with a check for energy-efficiency improvements made over the past year, specifically for energy saving costs related to the construction of the […] [...]

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